Prince William Pirates, 1985
Major League Debut: May 30th, 1986
Bonds played his first season of professional baseball with the Prince William Pirates after he was selected in the first round of the 1985 player draft. In 71 games, he batted .299 and showed fans a preview of his future with a .677 slugging percentage and a .282 on-base percentage. Bonds was named the Carolina League Player of the Month for July and was a Carolina League all-star before becoming one of the greatest home run hitters of all time. He set the single-season home run record in 2001 with 73. At the time of his election, he was won an unprecedented six National League MVP awards. He also won multiple Gold Gloves, led the NL in RBI (123) and homers (46) in 1993, had a seven-RBI game in 1993 and was named the player of the decade for the 1990s. Bonds is the son of long-time major leaguer Bobby Bonds.